Nov 18th, 2019
If you are a patient of Ascension in the St. Louis, Mo., area, Google has your healthcare protected health information (PHI). Patients and doctors of the second largest Catholic health system in the United States have not been notified that their data is being shared with Google. Why Does Google Have My PHI? Google is ...
In Billing
Nov 15th, 2019
Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, all U.S. hospitals will be required to disclose standard charges for items and services offered to patients. Although many hospitals do this already, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized Nov. 15 polices that will require hospitals to be more accountable of the prices they charge and more forthcoming ...
In Audit
Nov 6th, 2019
Many healthcare organizations are seeking to reduce expensive physical office space, improve employee morale, and offer flexible options for the workforce; telecommuting has emerged as a commonplace solution for many of us. How can a compliance officer embrace these more prevalent and relevant offsite employee worksite opportunities while still demonstrating they are managing risks to ...
Oct 30th, 2019
But for how long, nobody knows. Allergy, otolaryngology and primary care practices can breathe a sigh of relief, as the new Compounding Pharmacy USP standards set to go into effect Dec. 1, 2019, have been postponed as a result of appeals. The revisions to Chapters <795> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Nonsterile Preparations and <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding ...
In Billing
Oct 18th, 2019
The government is keeping a close eye on how you are coding claims. Are you? The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is updating its Work Plan this month with new watch items that pertain to Medicare. At press time, there were five additional items the OIG intends to pursue in 2020. OIG Work Plan items ...